AAWA was founded as a volunteer organization and study group, called Ann Arbor Women Painters, in 1951 by Sarah Bull, Elsie Bailey and Doris Porter Mclean. In 2002 the name was changed to Ann Arbor Women Artists to more accurately portray its members - artists working in a variety of media and producing vastly different types of art. Today, AAWA is a non-profit organization of approximately 230 women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranging from beginning to professional artists.


Artists works are exhibited around the area in juried and non-juried shows.